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Liverpool forward Woodburn could make Wales squad

Ben Woodburn is Liverpool's youngest ever goalscorer Credit: PA

Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn could join Wales' World Cup campaign against the Republic of Ireland next week - and end doubts over his international future.

Woodburn became the youngest scorer in Liverpool history - at the age of 17 years and 45 days - when he netted in the 2-0 EFL Cup victory over Leeds in November.

His Liverpool debut came as a substitute against Sunderland in November, and he has now made seven appearances.

Woodburn's Liverpool team-mate Harry Wilson—who became Wales' youngest player at the age of 16 years and 207 days when he played against Belgium in October 2013—is also under consideration for a call-up after impressing at Anfield in recent months.

Wilson, now 19, made his Liverpool debut in the FA Cup victory at Plymouth in January and was also on the bench for the weekend win against Burnley.

It is Woodburn who has made the big recent impact though, and while he has yet to start a Premier League game he produced an impressive cameo off the bench in the Reds' 2-1 triumph against Burnley on Sunday and Wales assistant manager Osian Roberts told S4C that he is close to a senior call-up.

He's knocking on the door now. What's definite is that there are a lot of young players in this group doing that. And we need that. We're really pleased with them.

A lot of them have already been in our camps for a week at a time to get that experience, so they can make that step when the chance comes.

It's important we have that freshness as we move on.

– Osian Roberts


Third person held as hunt for escaped murderer expands

Shaun Walmsley has been on the run after fleeing in a gold Volvo with the registration MW02 XHE. Credit: PA

Police investigating the escape of murderer Shaun Walmsley, who was freed from custody by armed men, have arrested a third person as the hunt for the Liverpudlian expands to beyond the UK.

A 25-year-old man from Norris Green, Liverpool, was detained on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in relation to the 28-year-old Walmsley's escape by getaway car, which was captured on CCTV.

Walmsley has been on the run since two men armed with a knife and a gun confronted prison officers guarding him at Aintree University Hospital during a visit from HMP Walton on Tuesday afternoon.

A 27-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman held on Thursday for allegedly assisting an offender have been released pending a decision of whether to take further action.

Merseyside Police are said to be joining up with foreign forces as well as in the UK as part of their search efforts for the killer, who is serving life with a minimum of 30 years for the murder of Anthony Duffy in 2014.

Anyone with information should contact police on 999 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Mane calls for Liverpool to kick-on after Spurs win

Mane's double sank Spurs. Credit: PA

Winger Sadio Mane believes the confidence which has returned to Liverpool's squad can now propel them towards a strong end to the season.

The Senegal international scored both goals in the weekend win over fellow top-four rivals Tottenham to lift a cloud which had been hanging over the club since the turn of the year.

A first Premier League win in 2017 has got the side up and running again and Mane, now the club's top scorer with 11 goals, insists the focus is purely on what can be achieved in the remainder of the campaign.

"It's too early to speak about what's going to happen but the confidence is back in this team now," said the 24-year-old, who is set to fly out to La Manga in south-east Spain with the rest of the squad on Wednesday for a five-day training camp.

"We have a team with great qualities. What happened has happened.

"We can't change that but the motivation is there to keep improving and get whatever we can from the rest of the season.

"Those kind of moments can happen in a season. We had three or four difficult weeks but we are out of that now.

"We had to produce a reaction and we did that.We have to take it game by game and try to win every game between now and the end of the season.

"We have time to rest and time to train so we need to use that."

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Coutinho walking in footsteps of Liverpool legends

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho. Credit: PA

Philippe Coutinho wants to put his name alongside some of the greats to have played for Liverpool after committing his long-term future to the Merseyside club earlier this week, signing a five-year deal.

"No need to wait. I know. I live this every day, I can smell it. I see the ambition of the club, my team-mates, the manager. I am living it, seeing it. Wait to sign? No. No. Now is the right time," the 24-year-old Brazilian told the Daily Mail.

"My football is here. My heart is here. I don't think about any other club. Not at all.

"I understand what Liverpool means. We can say (Kenny) Dalglish, (Ian) Rush, (Alan) Hansen, (Graeme) Souness, (Luis) Suarez, (Steven) Gerrard. I've been here quite a few years already, it's not like I am new. I understand.

"To have signed a new contract at this club, my goal is to be thought of one day in the same way as these players. They are legends. You define the success of a player by his loyalty or his titles. Or both. In order to be part of this group, I have so much to do.

"I want to win titles. Five years is my new contract… it gives me that opportunity."

Liverpool winger Markovic makes Hull move

Markovic has joined Hull until the end of the season. Credit: PA

Hull have signed Liverpool's Lazar Markovic on loan until the end of the season after the winger's stay at Sporting Lisbon was cancelled.

The Serbia international's year-long deal with the Portuguese club was ended early after mutual agreement between them, the player and the Reds and the Merseysiders subsequently confirmed he had immediately joined the Premier League strugglers.

Markovic, a £20million signing by former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers in the summer of 2014, made just 11 appearances for Sporting but last played on December 7 and has featured in just one match-day squad in seven subsequent games.

He spent last season on an equally disappointing loan at Fenerbahce, which was cut short by injury, having failed to make the grade at Anfield.

Markovic was given a chance to impress Jurgen Klopp in pre-season but the German made a decision early on the 22-year-old was not part of his plans.

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